Pied-billed Grebes

Happily sunning in the marshy waters along Murrell’s Inlet, I found three Pied-billed Grebes.

I never did get a decent shot of all three in one frame, but did of two.

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A common Grebe throughout North America, these small birds are excellent divers.  Although this late afternoon, they never once dived.  They just floated around, enjoying the warm sunshine.

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And I enjoyed the way the sun was lighting the waters around them.

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That being said, now you know why I posted so many photos of them.  It was hard enough narrowing down to just these few.

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A little preening…..giving delightful water circles.

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It was definitely a fun time with these little cuties!

 

36 thoughts on “Pied-billed Grebes

  1. Lovely! Like you, I love them all, and can understand why you would have trouble leaving any pictures out. I love the water reflecting around them also. I have seen Grebes at Blackwater when driving along the road, in warm weather. They are so cute!

    • Thanks Susan, I took over a hundred shots of them. After shooting a few dozen, I walked further down the pier; when I returned, they had moved into the reflecting water. I had to give hubby a “one more minute” finger to shoot some more. At least he was in the warm car, right? 🙂

    • Thanks Brian. Although they are quite common in North America, I don’t see them often as they are quite skittish and usually hiding. That afternoon was one of those perfect op times! 🙂

  2. Beautiful light in the photos Donna, Grebes are so unique in the way they do life, we often see them alone in the middle of ponds and on ly in pairs when breeding.

    • Thanks Ashley, I was surprised to see three at once myself. I don’t think I’ve ever seen more than one at a time over the years. The mix of the reflecting water and the Grebes were a perfect op, and a wonderful gift for me! 🙂

  3. Lovely photos, Donna. It would have been a difficult task had they been in the mood to dive! One of my favorite grebe memories is a mother with a load of babies on her back. Maybe you will still be there when the young ones arrive.
    Best,
    Tanja

  4. Beautiful captures of these little cuties! I had to look up Murrell’s Inlet because I thought you must have been fairly south as there was no ice 🙂 We had some black ice on a few bridges this morning…in central Florida.

      • It’s been an extremely cold January. First time in my 11 years here we went down to 32/33 last night and the high today was only 46! But it will get better starting tomorrow and the weekend promises a heat wave of 70+ degrees 😮

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